Little Known Facts About Robert Frost
By the end of his long life, Robert Frost was the éminence grise of American letters, a man whose legend preceded him and who often collaborated in promulgating that legend. Yet Brian Hall depicts a Robert Frost who is distinctly more complex than the one most of us encountered in high school, that "simple rustic," that plain-spoken New Englander who extolled the virtues of rural life. Consider these infrequently mentioned details of the Frost mythos:
- The bard of rural New England was, in fact, born in
San Francisco and raised there until age eleven, when
his father died. His father had requested to be buried
in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and his
mother resettled there with Frost and his sister after
honoring that last wish.
- Frost was a terrible farmer. He did seem to enjoy raising chickens,...